The Smiths/Morrissey - song-by-song discussion thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Turk Thrust, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. Gavaxeman

    Gavaxeman Take me back to dear old Blighty...

    Location:
    West Midlands U.K.
    Friday Mourning ..

    Nice word play with the title , another solid b side 3/5
     
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  2. inglorious

    inglorious Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    Friday Mourning
    From the title and first line this remains one of my favourite Morrissey lyrics.
    ‘ Very smug, mug of mine’
    ‘This dawn raid soon put paid to all these things I’d whispered to you’ and probably my favourite verse ever,
    ‘And when they hold me down
    And when they kick me down the stairs...”
    And the way he spits out the nouns teachers, parents and bosses, I love.
    The ending isn’t as memorable and the tune is okay but not amazing, but I listen to this song more often than everything else of this period along with Irish Blood, so has to be top marks.
    5/5
     
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  3. guidedbyvoices

    guidedbyvoices Diver Dan

    Location:
    Alpine, TX
    The end part reminds me of Will Never Marry

    Friday - it's fine, it's almost good, but just never clicks for me. And for a piano ballad, it sounds like a fake piano to me. Not a fan of synth'd pianos, its not THAT hard to find a real piano somewhere for a professional recording, is it?
    3 of 5. Almost a really good song
     
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  4. ARL

    ARL Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    "Friday Mourning"

    An interesting one...my opinion of it changed several times during the course of hearing it for the first time. Early on I wasn't so keen, feeling it sounded like it belonged in the mid-album slump section of Maladjusted, but it builds nicely and continued to grow on me, and I liked the ending a lot. I'll say now that I would take this over "Camden". Think I might need to gather some of these b-sides up into a collection. 3.5/5.
     
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  5. Snoddywilko

    Snoddywilko Forum Resident

    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Buy Swords; it’s a great compilation of b-sides from this comeback period.
     
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  6. TheWarmth

    TheWarmth Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago
    "Friday Mourning" - another excellent b-side that could have replaced one of the weaker album tracks. I agree that the fake piano is annoying. That's a pet peeve of mine, too. I suppose I can see foregoing the expense of real strings, but there is no excuse for a cheap sounding fake piano sound. I'm guessing it was a Nord. 4/5.
     
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  7. ARL

    ARL Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    I missed Swords when it came out - spotted it in the racks in HMV some time later and wondered what it was, but some of the song titles put me off. Plus it was post-Years of Refusal, which kind of put me off buying any more Morrissey as well. I'll see how things continue to go with the b-sides over the next few weeks!
     
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  8. TexasBuck

    TexasBuck Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    Friday Mourning - I like the beginning a lot. The song structure is a bit confusing to me so I won't make too many comments as I might mis-identifying the parts. Pretty solid tune. 3 ranking out of 5.
     
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  9. StevenC

    StevenC SUEDE > Both Oasis AND Blur.

    "Friday Mournimg"
    This was more Popular I believe because many hadn't heard it until we got the silver cover Deluxe re-issue of the album.
    It's better than average but let's not get carried away.
    3.5/5.0
     
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  10. guidedbyvoices

    guidedbyvoices Diver Dan

    Location:
    Alpine, TX
    Plus the cover photo aint exactly brilliant
     
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  11. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto
    After a couple of relative duds, Friday Mourning is quite the return to form. 4/5
     
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  12. Turk Thrust

    Turk Thrust Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    U.K.
    The ratings for Friday Mourning:

    1-0
    2-0
    3-9
    4-5
    5-1
     
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  13. Turk Thrust

    Turk Thrust Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    U.K.
    Today’s song is I Am Two People:



    A weak piece of music and a seemingly half-baked set of lyrics.

    I still find it strangely likeable for all of that as there some humour to the lyrics and to Morrissey’s vocal phrasing.

    A low 3/5.
     
  14. Spazaru

    Spazaru Angry Samoan

    "I am two people
    One you know
    But don't like
    The other one
    You don't know
    But you don't want to"

    Love this part! This is the reason Morrissey is so popular. He says what we've all felt. I know that's obvious, but I think about it all the time and wonder why he's so good at it.

    Anyway, I love the lyrics but the tune is just OK. 3/5
     
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  15. Orson Swells

    Orson Swells Forum Resident

    Location:
    Manchester
    There's not a lot to this one in many ways. It sounds like it was written very quickly in the studio as a possible b-side - like, say, Now I Am A Was. But like that song it's also strangely likeable. There's a nice self-deprecating humour to it and the vocal is excellent, particularly the "drop down dead!" part. Somehow it all adds up to more than the sum of its parts. It may be a throwaway, but it's a good one. 3.25/5
     
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  16. Gavaxeman

    Gavaxeman Take me back to dear old Blighty...

    Location:
    West Midlands U.K.
    I am two people ..

    Another solid b side , not great , not bad but passable 3/5
     
  17. mooseman

    mooseman Forum Resident

    I Am Two People - 3/5
     
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  18. StevenC

    StevenC SUEDE > Both Oasis AND Blur.

    "I Am Two People"
    He is, isn't he? Most of these songs are just "pretty good"...
    3.0/5.0
     
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  19. TheWarmth

    TheWarmth Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago
    "I Am Two People" - IMO, another song that could have replaced a weak track on the album. 3.75/5.
     
  20. George P

    George P Everybody's Lost

    Location:
    NYC
    I am two people - 3.5/5
     
  21. The MEZ

    The MEZ Forum Resident

    Location:
    CT
    I Am Two People 3
     
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  22. inglorious

    inglorious Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    I Am Two People
    I particularly like the intro, the rest is okay, nothing special. Reasonably interesting lyric. Not too keen on the outro but as a b side its perfectly alright.
    2.5/5
     
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  23. ARL

    ARL Forum Resident

    Location:
    England
    "I Am Two People"

    This one sounds just a bit too much "Morrissey-by-numbers" for me - the music is nothing we haven't heard already over the last two albums, and the vocal has some nice bits in it, but overall it seems a bit inconsequential. A definite b-side rather than album contender. 2.5/5.
     
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  24. guidedbyvoices

    guidedbyvoices Diver Dan

    Location:
    Alpine, TX
    Pretty forgettable. 2 of 5 for 2 people
     
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  25. TexasBuck

    TexasBuck Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    I Am Two People - I like the lyrical subject matter but Morrissey doesn't really pull it off. Lot of repetition and it doesn't live up to the potential. I like the music and with some work, this song could probably turn into a very powerful ballad. I like the outro: Very Smith's like. Overall, the song is just OK for me. 2.5 rating out of 5.
     
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